NEWS     MONDAY,  SEPTEMBER  10, 2018    NEWS

Pence says he's 'never' been involved in 25th Amendment talks
Vice President Mike Pence says he has “never” been part of a conversation about invoking the 25th Amendment to potentially remove President Trump from office — a subject mentioned in a recent op-ed by an anonymous administration official. “No. Never. And why would we be?” Mr. Pence said in an interview for CBS’s “Face the Nation.” “I mean the truth of the matter is over the last eight years, despite what we heard from President Obama on Friday, I mean this country was struggling,” he said. “I mean, it was the weakest economic recovery since the Great Depression because having inherited a recession, President Obama’s answer was to raise taxes, to double the national debt, to increase regulation, to pass Obamacare into law, to stifle American energy.”The  op-ed has prompted a frenzy of speculation both within the White House and outside of it as to who the author is, as well as a wave of denials from administration officials. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Pence is loyal and wants to be part of something positive.

Trump cheers nixed Ford-China deal, says tariffs working: 'This is just the beginning'
President Trump on Sunday heralded a CNBC report about Ford Motor Company abruptly killing a plan to sell a Chinese-made small vehicle in the U.S. as evidence his tariff war was working. “This is just the beginning. This car can now be BUILT IN THE U.S.A. and Ford will pay no tariffs!” tweeted Mr. Trump. “It would not be profitable to build the Focus Active in the U.S. given an expected annual sales volume of fewer than 50,000 units and its competitive segment. Ford is proud to employ more U.S. hourly workers and build more vehicles in the U.S. than any other automaker,” Ford said in a statement. The president is poised to slap tariffs on $267 worth of Chinese goods, which would bring the total level of tariffs on China to more than $500 billion. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Liberals will not like the positive news.

CBS CEO Les Moonves to step down amid sexual misconduct allegations
CBS Chief Executive Les Moonves will step down from his position amid a series of sexual misconduct complaints by at least 12 female accusers. It was also not clear what compensation Moonves would receive as part of his resignation. However, sources with knowledge of a negotiated settlement between CBS and the network's board of directors tell Fox Business the amount would depend on the outcome of an ongoing investigation into the allegations against Moonves. Moonves’ future at CBS came into question in July, when Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Ronan Farrow published an expose in the New Yorker detailing allegations from six women. This week, multiple news outlets reported that Moonves was negotiating a possible exit with independent directors of CBS' board. Fox
VOA VIEW: Good-bye, go ridiculous.

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Taya Kyle: Nike, I love your gear, but your Colin Kaepernick ad exhausts my spirit
Nike, I love your gear, but you exhaust my spirit on this one. Your new ad with Colin Kaepernick. I get the message, but that sacrificing everything thing – it just doesn’t play out here. Sacrificing what, exactly? A career? I’ve done that both times I chose to stay home and be with my kids instead of continuing my business climb. And it wasn’t sacrificing everything. It was sacrificing one career and some money and it was because of what I believe in and, more importantly, who I believe in. At best, that is all Colin sacrificed – some money. And it’s debatable if he really lost his career over it. Maybe he sacrificed the respect of some people while he gained the respect of others. Or maybe he used one career to springboard himself into a different career when the first was waning. I don’t know. Fox
VOA VIEW: Nike is going to lose big.

Florence regains strength as a hurricane
Florence strengthened into a hurricane again Sunday as forecasters warned the menacing storm could deliver a brutal hit along the East Coast by the end of the week.
Florence was forecast to become a Category 3 hurricane by Monday with sustained winds of more than 110 mph. And it's not likely to weaken before reaching the shores of North and South Carolina and Virginia on Thursday, AccuWeather meteorologist Brett Rossi said. USA Today

Dolphins' Kenny Stills, Albert Wilson first NFL players in Week 1 to kneel during anthem
Miami Dolphins wide receivers Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson became the first players of the 2018 regular season to kneel in protest during the national anthem when they did so before Sunday's contest against the Tennessee Titans. Dolphins defensive end Robert Quinn also raised a fist during the song, as did San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Marquise Goodwin before his team's game against the Minnesota Vikings. Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey and linebacker Telvin Smith both stayed in the locker room for the anthem, as did Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas and linebacker Brandon Marshall. USA Today
VOA VIEW: The NFL andd Stills and Wilson are losing money and fans.

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Tower memorial dedicated at Flight 93 crash site
A tower that honors the passengers and crew killed when a hijacked plane was crashed into a rural Pennsylvania field is now in place, the final major feature of a 2,200-acre memorial. The Tower of Voices was dedicated Sunday, with remarks from former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge and the park's superintendent. The 93-foot (28-meter) structure at the Flight 93 memorial north of Shanksville is designed with a wind chime for each of the 40 who died on Sept. 11, 2001. Ridge, who became the first head of the federal Homeland Security Department, said the chimes will provide "an everlasting concert by our heroes." President Donald Trump is expected to attend the 17th anniversary event at the Pennsylvania site on Tuesday. Houston Chronicle

Wildfire threat keeps California highway closed Sunday
A highway running the length of California remained closed for a fifth day Sunday near the Oregon border as a wildfire smothered rural forestlands in smoke and flame.  Oficials were trying to determine whether it was safe to reopen a 45-mile (72-kilometer) section of Interstate 5 north of Redding. The fire has destroyed thousands of trees — some 70 feet (20 meters) tall — that could fall onto the highway that runs from Mexico to Canada and serves as a main artery for commerce. Houston Chronicle

The Latest on Tropical Storm Florence
Cruise lines are redirecting their ships to avoid the path of Hurricane Florence as it begins to bear down on the United States. Carnival Cruise Line said Sunday that it had changed the schedule of its cruise ships to accommodate tropical weather threats. Carnival Pride was scheduled to leave Baltimore and head to Bermuda during a week-long cruise. Instead the ship will now head to The Bahamas. The company also said that Carnival Horizon has cancelled plans to visit San Juan in Puerto Rico on Sunday. It is expected to arrive in New York on Sept. 13. In addition, in order to avoid Tropical Storm Isaac, the cruise line reversed the schedule for Carnival Vista. The ship will call on St. Maarten, St. Kitts, San Juan and Amber Cove before returning to Miami on September 16. Las Vegas Sun

California Tries New Tack on Gun Violence: Bullet Control
Sold from vending machines in Pennsylvania, feed depots in Nevada, pharmacies in Georgia and jewelry stores in Texas, ammunition is in many states easier to buy than cold medicine. But in California, which already enforces some of the nation’s most restrictive gun laws, there is a movement underway against the unfettered sale of bullets. Gun control advocates here have pushed to limit intern sales, baetn large-capacity magazines, require sellers to have licenses, raise taxes on bullets, and mandate serial numbers or other traceable markings on ammunition so that the police can more easily track them. Such regulations, several of which have been enacted and take effect this year and next, are inspired by the view that the best way to limit gun violence is to approach it as a “bullet control” problem. As Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, a Democrat from New York, told the Senate 25 years ago, when he introduced legislation that would have imposed a 10,000-percent tax on hollow-tip ammunition, “guns don’t kill people; bullets do.” New York Times
VOA VIEW: How low or liberal can CA go?

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Schumer calls for more funding, new hires at Veterans Affairs
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on Sunday called for more funding for Veteran Affairs programs and offered a plan to fill vacancies — including 175 at the Northport VA Medical Center — in a department that he believes the Trump Administration is trying to eliminate. The senator vowed to fight for an additional $750 million in funding for in-house medical services at the Department of Veterans Affairs during the negotiations of the federal budget agreement before its signing by Sept. 30. The new money would bring spending for the department up to $49.9 billion. Newsday
VOA VIEW: Schumer is trying to scam all.

RNC chairwoman: '50-50' chance GOP can keep control of House
The Republican National Committee chairwoman is rating her party's chances of retaining control of the House at "50-50." Ronna McDaniel is cautioning that Democrats will seek to make the November elections about President Donald Trump and "personality" — but it's the results that matter. She acknowledges an uphill House fight because of a wave of GOP retirements and numerous "seats in the margin." Democrats need a net gain of 23 seats to flip control. McDaniel says the RNC has raised $250 million and trained more field organizers than before, so turnout efforts are the "best it's ever been." She tells CBS's "Face the Nation" that the party holding the White House traditionally loses seats in a president's first midterm election and Republicans could "defy history" by picking up Senate seats. Newsday
VOA VIEW: The chances of a GOP win in November are much greater.

NEWS CORP., YAHOO! IN CROSS-MARKETING DEAL
News Corp. and Internet giant Yahoo! have scored a major new cross-marketing program designed to increase both companies’ brand names. The new cross-media and marketing deal will kick off Super Bowl Sunday, with spots promoting Yahoo! to air in the pre- and post-game show. Yahoo! will promote its brand on Fox’s network and cable TV entities and will extend its efforts to other News Corp. businesses, including Twentieth Century Fox Film, Fox Music and Fox Interactive. News Corp. also owns The Post. Fox will be able to take advantage of Yahoo!’s high traffic numbers to direct traffic to its own websites. Yahoo! will get the last spot before Sunday’s kickoff and is also the sponsor of “Family Guy,” which makes its debut on Fox after the big game. NY Post

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Pope Francis urges governments to 'open hearts' to migrants
It was the most poignant moment of Francis' five-day trip to Mexico and one of the most powerful images in recent times: History's first Latin American pope, who has demanded countries welcome people fleeing persecution, war and poverty, praying at the border between Mexico and El Paso, Texas, at a time of soaring anti-immigrant rhetoric in the U.S. presidential campaign. Francis stopped short of calling for the U.S. to open its borders during a Mass celebrated just yards from the frontier. But in his homily, beamed live into the Sun Bowl stadium on the El Paso side, Francis called for "open hearts" and recognition that those fleeing gangland executions and extortion in their homelands are victims of the worst forms of exploitation. Philadelphia Inquirer

U.S. military drawing up options should Syria use chemical weapons
America’s top general on Saturday said he was involved in “routine dialogue” with the White House about military options should Syria ignore U.S. warnings against using chemical weapons in an expected assault on the enclave of Idlib. Marine General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said no decision had been made by the United States to employ military force in response to a future chemical attack in Syria. “But we are in a dialogue, a routine dialogue, with the president to make sure he knows where we are with regard to planning in the event that chemical weapons are used,” he told a small group of reporters during a trip to India. Dunford later added: “He expects us to have military options and we have provided updates to him on the development of those military options.” Rueters
VOA VIEW: Syria may be betting over its head.

Amazon antitrust critic has her own critics now
The dead books are on the top floor of Southern Methodist University’s law library. “Antitrust Dilemma.” “The Antitrust Impulse.” “Antitrust in an Expanding Economy.” Shelf after shelf of volumes ignored for decades. There are a dozen fat tomes with transcripts of the congressional hearings on monopoly power in 1949, when the world was in ruins and the Soviets were on the march. At the end of the antitrust stacks is a table near the window. “This is my command post,” said Lina Khan. It is nothing, really. A few books are piled up next to a bottle with water and another with tea. Khan was in Dallas quite a bit over the past year, refining an argument about monopoly power that takes aim at one of the most admired, secretive and feared companies of our era: Amazon. The retailer overwhelmingly dominates online commerce, employs more than half a million people and powers much of the internet through its cloud-computing division. On Tuesday, it briefly became the second company to be worth a trillion dollars. Seattle Times

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Trump administration spoke with Venezuelan officers plotting coup
The Trump administration held three secret meetings with rebellious military officers from Venezuela during the past year to discuss their plans to overthrow President Nicolás Maduro, according to U.S. officials and a former Venezuelan military commander who participated in the talks. Establishing a clandestine channel with coup plotters in Venezuela was a big gamble for the U.S., given its long history of covert intervention across Latin America. Many in the region still resent the United States for backing previous rebellions, coups and plots in countries like Cuba, Nicaragua, Brazil and Chile, and for turning a blind eye to the abuses military regimes committed during the Cold War. Seattle Times
VOA VIEW: Truth or fake news?

Trump renews call for NFL players to stand for anthem and for networks to show it
Just hours ahead of the first kickoffs on the first Sunday of the NFL's regular season, President Donald Trump again called for NFL players to stand for the national anthem and for TV networks to broadcast it, pointing to a decline in television ratings for the league's season opener Thursday night. "Wow, NFL first game ratings are way down over an already really bad last year comparison," he tweeted. "Viewership declined 13%, the lowest in over a decade. If the players stood proudly for our Flag and Anthem, and it is all shown on broadcast, maybe ratings could come back? Otherwise worse!" Sun Sentinel
VOA VIEW: The NFL has lost and will lose more money and ratings.

Moore drops PAC suit over misconduct accusations in ads
Defeated Senate candidate Roy Moore is dropping a defamation lawsuit against a super PAC that ran a campaign ad blitz focused on sexual misconduct accusations against him. The motion filed Friday asks a county court to drop the lawsuit against Highway 31 super PAC, other PACS and four men who worked with them, AL.com reported . During the 2017 U.S. Senate race, several women said Moore had pursued sexual and romantic relationships with them decades ago when they were teens and he was a prosecutor in his 30s. Moore denied misconduct accusations and said he never dated underage women. ABC

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Pence: Woodward book shows a "complete misunderstanding of how this White House works"
Vice President Mike Pence says Bob Woodward's upcoming book revealing chaos in the Trump administration demonstrates a "complete misunderstanding of how this White House works," defending the president against an explosive look at his presidency that has rocked Washington. In an interview with "Face the Nation" moderator Margaret Brennan at the vice president's residence at the U.S. Naval Observatory on Saturday, Pence said he has never witnessed the president demeaning members of his Cabinet, but conceded that "working in the White House is not for everybody." "I know this president has great respect for the men and women who serve in this Cabinet. And these accounts are very foreign to me. And I'm just not aware of instances where they've occurred and or where they would occur," Pence said. CBS
VOA VIEW: Woodward is a news hack and idiot.

Chinese officials burn bibles, close churches, force Christian to denounce faith amid 'escalating' crackdown
The Chinese government is destroying cross, burning bibles, closing churches and forcing Christian believers to sign papers renouncing their faith as the crackdown on religious congregations in Beijing and several provinces intensifies. The suppression of religious freedoms comes as an official government campaign to “Sinicize” religion by demanding loyalty to the atheist Communist party and removing any potential challenge to the party’s power in the country. Fox

Delta Fire among 3 large wildfires burning in Northern California
There are three major fires burning in Northern California on Saturday -- part of 34 uncontained wildfires currently burning in 13 states. The Delta Fire is at zero percent containment and has scorched 31,325 acres of land. The Kerlin Fire is also at zero percent containment and has burned 1,228 acres. The Hirz Fire is the largest of the three, with 46,150 acres burned, but is 89 percent contained. ABC

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